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STARGATE SG-1 ONLINE AUCTION REPORT>>>
Paul Brown, President of Legends Memorabilia
The Stargate SG-1 auction we conducted on MGM's behalf on eBay was an
overwhelming success and served to further illustrate the intense
popularity of this series with its dedicated fans. In summary, the
total amount of sales for the auction was US$86,000. With a great
variety of props, costumes, set decoration and studio art on offer, it
seems many bidders were happy with their 'wins'.
The top selling item (not surprisingly!) was the Jaffa Staff Weapon
which sold for $7,350. The other items which rounded off the Top 10
were: the Richard Dean Anderson car: $7,000; Daniel Jackson's armband
device from 'Upgrades': $6,800; The Crystal Skull: $4,838; a prop Zat
Gun: $3,350; a Framed Replicator display (first one released from a new
Limited Edition): $2,225; a Goa'uld working prop: $2,025; a Jack
O'Neill costume: $1,625; a Chevron piece from the Stargate: $1,452; and
a Hathor costume which sold for $1,275.
There were a total of 164 items offered in the sale and the average
selling price was $529 per item. From a 'category' standpoint, here are
the averages: Props: $893 per item; Set Decoration: $611/item;
Costumes: $310/item; Art: $231/item. So as you can see, many people
went home happy!
As point of interest, the winning bidder for RDA's car lives in
Michigan and is flying to Vancouver this week to collect it and drive
back home. The lucky winner has a surprise waiting for her as the car
is parked inside SGC - right beside the Stargate, so we hope she brings
her camera! MGM have arranged for a studio/set tour for her also so
believe her entire experience this week will be one to remember!
Perhaps even just as remarkable as the dollar amount spent in the
auction, was the number of 'hits' (page views) that the auction
received: 163,000 in just 20 days! This interprets to over 8,000 hits
per day which further reinforces the evidence that SG-1 fans are indeed
interested. The item that received the most views was the prop Zat Gun
with 3,959 hits and the overall hit average was 993 views per item. All
in all, those statistics are significantly higher than the averages we
normally see for this type of sale. Once again, a credit to the fans of
We gratefully acknowledge the remarkable level of hits and fan interest
in this sale and in response to the continued requests we receive for
more products of this type, MGM have now granted permission for us to
return with another Stargate SG-1 sale in November. Accordingly, they
have released another significant batch of items from the set and we
are currently preparing the inventory for this sale - which will
include 450 items this time. Our plan is to open the auction on
November 1st and to be concluded on November 30th. Because of the large
volume of items available, we shall be adding 15 new items every day
and each item will be open for bidding for 7 days - not 10 days as in
the last auction.
Our new SG-1 props website (www.stargateprops.com) is scheduled to open
on November 1st, but in advance of that date, we hope to have a preview
of some of the items that will be available in the auction.
On a bit of a 'down' note from the last auction, we were somewhat
disturbed to learn that several of the bidders received unsolicited
emails from other eBay members offering to also sell them other
versions of what was on offer. Specifically, solicitations were made to
sell a Jaffa Staff Weapon and a Crystal Skull, and in each case the
'sellers' represented the items to be 'originals' from the set.
Both MGM and Legends Memorabilia view this type of activity with great
concern for two reasons: (1) Authenticity and (2) the potential
possession of stolen property.
Following our investigations into these solicitations, we were able to
determine that the Jaffa Staff Weapon was in fact a reproduction that
had been manufactured by a third party - not by the Stargate
personnel. MGM wants to ensure that when a fan pays money for an
item used in the production of Stargate, then the purchaser knows that
it is indeed authentic. It is for this reason that set-used item
from Stargate are placed into the market through Legends Memorabilia as
the vendor for set-used items, and also that every single item is
accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by
Potential buyers should also be aware that from time to time various
items have been reported stolen from the set and MGM are vigorously
pursuing the recovery of those items. In summary, if fans are offered
'set used' items that do not have an MGM Certificate of Authenticity
attached, then it is quite possibly a reproduction or may be stolen
property. If any fan has purchased anything that does not have a
certificate, then Legends Memorabilia will be happy to help the owner
authenticate the item and issue a certificate.
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